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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 8, 2018 

Cheney council OKs contracts

Cheney dispatchers and police officers have new contracts, thanks to City Council action Feb. 27. The council voted unanimously and without much discussion to approve a pair of three-year contracts for Teamsters Local 690 — dispatchers — and the... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    March 8, 2018 

Air Force's loss is Cheney Fire's gain

After graduating high school in the early 1990s, Tom Jenkins spent a year at various jobs in the economically depressed region near Flemington, W.V. What jobs were available - working in a factory or...

 By Grace Pohl    News    March 8, 2018 

AH declares May 19 as Kids to Parks Day

For the eighth year in a row, the Airway Heights City Council declared May 19 as “Kids to Parks Day” in the city. The event is launched by the National Park trust. “It is to encourage families to go outside with their kids and take them to a pa... Full story

 By Grace Pohl    News    March 8, 2018 

Still time to (de)clutter

The Eastern Washington University Downtown Student Gallery is currently showing "(de)clutter" by Laura Carpenter Truitt. The exhibit runs until April 6 with the gallery open Monday-Friday from noon...

 By Grace Pohl    News    March 8, 2018 

Northern Quest has a variety of entertainment lined up

The Northern Quest Resort and Casino has a plethora of entertainment options going into the spring season. The first is Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Carlos Mencia. He is a comedian with...

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 8, 2018 

Using love and kindness to combat aggression

Nathan Baldwin always thought bullying was something kids did to other kids. But the more he learned about Nazi Germany's efforts to exterminate people during the Holocaust, and the more he thought...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    March 8, 2018 

Medical Lake school board approves 2018-19 calendar

Students and parents in the Medical Lake School district can begin planning for the 2018-19 school year following board approval of the newest calendar at its Feb. 27 meeting. In a unanimous decision, the borad approved the calendar which sees the...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education    March 8, 2018 

Medical Lake's Circuit Breakers win robotics title at Clackamas

The Medical Lake High School Circuit Breakers robotics team returned from competition last weekend in Clackamas, Ore. with a state title and are now poised to compete at nationals in Houtson, Texas...

 By PAUL DELANEY    News    March 8, 2018 

Cheney's 'Ree Creations' revels in repurposing

For years, Debra Nielson peddled her crafts at all the familiar places at fairs and other industry gatherings. But last November she broke with today's trend of shying away from a real live business... Full story

 By Grace Pohl    News    March 8, 2018 

Little Sunshine daycare in Airway Heights is open to community

Little Sunshine Learning Center at 1424 South Campbell St. in Airway Heights is offering a community-driven place for child care in the West Plains. The building is where Child Haven was previously... Full story

 News    March 8, 2018 

Institute holds lecture on local cataracts

The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute is holding a free public lecture on why some of the local landscape looks so weird. “Recessional Cataracts and the Ice Age Floods” takes place Friday, March 16, from 7-9 p.m. at Spokane... Full story

 News    March 8, 2018 

County library offers to show the science and art of craft beers

Spokane County Library District announced in a Feb. 22 news release that is holding classes on the history and science behind one of the world’s most popular beverages — beer. Local brewer Adam Boyd leads these classes, “Science and History of... Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 8, 2018 

Charitable donations help others, and possibly you

One of the sights making a huge impression on me during my 11 years living in Seattle wasn’t the snail’s pace of traffic, the high-price of housing — even back then in the 1990s — or Mount Rainier rising majestically in the south. What made a...

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    March 8, 2018 

When America's leaders fly, America's leaders are flying Boeing

It now looks like Boeing will add at least two more aircraft to the U.S. Air Force fleet which flies our country’s leaders around the world. They are the most recognizable — the 747s traditionally called “Air Force One.” The recent news that...


Argentina's socialism experiment yields uncertain economy

By FRANK WATSON Contributor My wife and I just got home from a winter vacation in Argentina. It was a great trip. I learned more about the southern hemisphere than I thought I ever would. We went fishing for a week in the largest swamp in the world a...


A kind word might be the first thing said when encountering a disturbed person

We often hear, “If you see something, say something.” I agree, but who should I say something to and what should I say? If I see a disturbed person, I think that my first impulse should be to speak to that person to let them know I see them as a...


Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 6, 2008 Kati Carlson opened Zen Hair Studio, which was the former location of Heidi's Venetian at 1861 First St. Airway Heights Flooring, located at 13514 No. C on Highway 2, had...



Cheney Congregational Church We invite everyone to be with us for an hour on Sunday. We are a community of seekers and welcome people in all stages of spiritual journey and all diversities of life value. Hear a thoughtful and well-reasoned teaching...


What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section, send an email with date, time, location and event to Cheney • March 11, Science and history of craft...



One hundred twenty-five years ago on March 11, 1893, Daniel Percival, William Sutton and Rep. Sam Grubb were greeted by citizens at the train station in celebration. Learn more about our area’s history at

 By Kelsey Cook    Neighborhood    March 8, 2018 

Late night Blackhawk

Cheney's own stand-up comedian Kelsey Cook will make her late night debut on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" this Friday, March 9, on NBC at 11:30 p.m. Cook, a 2007 Cheney High School graduate,...


West Plains Briefs

Feed Medical Lake takes guests to Polynesia Feed Medical Lake is serving luau fare of sweet and sour pork, rice, peas, Asian Cole slaw and Polynesian dessert on March 12. Groceries distribution begins at 4:15 p.m. with supper at 5 p.m. Soup, Etc.,...

 By PAUL DELANEY    Sports    March 8, 2018 

Cardinals collect fifth-place trophy at state

The Medical Lakes girls' magical basketball journey ended when they reached into their bag of tricks last weekend at the Sun Dome in Yakima and found it empty. Playing in their first state tournament...


Bliznyuk chosen as Big Sky Conference MVP

The numbers seemed indisputable and when everything was added up – becoming Eastern Washington University's all-time leading scorer, the NCAA Division I record-holder for consecutive free throws mad...


Hodgins, Morrow, collect All-Big Sky honors

Eastern Washington University women's basketball players Delaney Hodgins and Violet Kapri Morrow have been named to the 2018 All-Big Sky Conference first and third teams, respectively, the conference...


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